Events 07.07.22

Averill Park Education Foundation News and Upcoming Events

Heartfelt thank you to Scott Bendett and The Greenbush Open Golf Tournament for their support of the APEF in our efforts to enrich the Averill Park Schools! Part of the proceeds from last year’s tournament (in memory of Dr. Devane) went to the APEF to pay for items for the Averill Park High School backpack program and food pantry. This year’s donation will go to the Off Broadway Players at Averill Park High School to help in their efforts to produce 

a musical performance. The high school theater and music department have been outstanding over the years and we can’t wait to see them back on the stage! Registration is open for the Golf Tournament held on Monday, July 18th at the Burden Lake Country Club. $100 per player/$400 per team. Call (518)690-2222 for details and to reserve a spot. Looking ahead, mark your calendars now for the annual Averill Park Education Foundation Gala on Friday November 18th, 2022 at the beautiful Old Daley on Crooked Lake. This is a fun community event which highlights the amazing educators and students of our district. You don’t want to miss it! Know an Averill Park teacher or community member who deserves to be recognized? The APEF upcoming Spring Newsletter includes a link for the Gala’s honoree nominations. Joining is easy! Text APEF to 22828 to get started.

Herman Melville Birthday Event

The Lansingburgh Historical Society (LHS) invites you to join us as we CELEBRATE HERMAN MELVILLE’S 203RD BIRTHDAY, on SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2022, at the Herman Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, NY from 10 AM to 2 PM.


Marking its 60th anniversary this year, the Berkshire County Historical Society makes its home at Arrowhead, the home of Herman Melville from 1850 to 1863, and the location where he completed his work, The Whale, or Moby-Dick. Melville wrote his first two novels, Typee and Omoo, in Lansingburgh where he lived with his family from 1838 to 1847.

Following Lesley’s talk, we’ll enjoy birthday cupcakes, and tours of the Melville House and Gardens. For more information please reach out to John or Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295

Please join us! As always, a $10 donation is welcome and truly appreciated. We’ll see you there!

Stephentown Historical Society to hold summer picnic

The summer picnic of the Stephentown Historical Society will be Sunday, July 10, at 2:00 p.m. at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road, Stephentown, New York. The society is providing rotisserie chicken, as well as table service and beverages. All that is needed to complete the menu is for folks to bring dishes to share … coleslaw, green salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, cornbread or desserts. The event is free and open to the public.
Chairs will be available or bring your own. In case of rain, the meal will be indoors.
For information, telephone (518) 733-0010.

The SVFD’s Car Show Is Happening On Saturday, August 20, 2022.

Cruise on down to Stephentown on Saturday, August 20 to check out the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department’s Car Show from 10 AM – 2 PM. 

Antique Autos, Classic Cars, Antique Tractors, Hot Rods, and Antique Fire Trucks! Plus food, vendors, and raffles. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

The entry fee for vehicles is just $10. Door prizes and trophies will be awarded. Walk-ins and spectators enter for free, but a donation is suggested.

Vendors are also welcome; tables are available for $10. If you are interested in reserving a spot, please email us at

RAIN DATE: Sunday, August 21

NAMI Capital Region NY Family Fun Day and Picnic

Please Join us for an afternoon of fun and food Saturday July 16th 2-7pm at Synder’s Lake Beach. Its a great way to get familiar with NAMI and for us to give back to our members and the community. Food, Games, swimming and great company! Free to children and NAMI Members and 5 dollars for none members. for more information and to register go to

Hope to see you there!

Rensselaer Elks Funds Summer Science Programs at Library

Rensselaer Elks Lodge #2073 donated $3,000 as part of an Elks National Foundation (ENF) Beacon Grant to fund a Summer Science Series at the East Greenbush Community Library. 

The program features regular events from the end of June until early August for local youth including:

• June 28 George Steele – Meet a Rooster & Hen: Chicken Incubation (Ages 5+)

• July 6 George Steele – Candling: Chicken Incubation (Ages 5+)

• July 7 Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek – Dive Into Reading! (Ages 6+)

• July 11 Mad Science: Playing With Polymers / Matter (Grades 6+)

• July 14 The Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York – Silent Wings: Birds of Prey (Ages 5+)

• July 18 or July 19 Uncharted Wild: Reptile Show (Ages 5+)

• July 25 Mad Science: Walloping Weather (Ages 5+)

• August 4 Ocean Ecology With Via Aquarium (Ages 6+)

• August 9 Anna Sanchez – Puddles! (Ages 4-7)

“We are excited about this new partnership with the East Greenbush Community Library and the positive impact we will have on children throughout the entire Summer. Our Library is one of the finest in the area and offers fun, interesting educational opportunities for local youth. It makes great sense for us to join forces in our effort to inspire young people to reach their full potential and learn about the world around them. Rensselaer Elks Lodge #2073 is fully committed to our youth.” – Lodge Spokesperson, Greg Collins

This program is dedicated to Eileen L. Collins who served as a teacher in East Greenbush for 25 years and specialized in science.

Music Under the Trees with the Lane Bros

Grafton – On Saturday, July 9 from 6 PM to 9 PM the Lane Bros will be performing a concert at Dyken Pond Center’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Brothers Benjamin and Christopher Lane have been making music together their entire lives, and their sound is firmly rooted in bluegrass and gospel. Light snacks will be on hand. Second free outdoor concert of the season. Donations always welcome or help out by buying some merchandise to show your support. Bench seats are available or bring your own chair to maximize your comfort. 

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours with 11 miles of hiking trails and picnic sites. Visit for directions and a complete schedule of our events or contact us at or (518)658-2055.

Grafton Lakes State Park to Hold Dance in the Park

Grafton Lakes State Park will host a Dance in the Park event on Saturday, July 9th. Kick off the summer by getting moving and dancing the evening away! Pre-registration is encouraged for the lessons. Dance in the Park is open to dancers at all levels of experience with or without a partner. Open dancing will follow the lessons and demos. 

Have you been itching to dance, but there hasn’t been the opportunity recently? Come out to the park for this unique summer event. Grafton Lakes State Park is offering lessons for two styles of dance: clogging and freestyle swing dance.

Hill Country Cloggers will be leading a demo at 3pm on the Rabbit Run Pavilion followed by a short instruction (no specific shoes needed). The second and third lessons of the evening will be taught by Alpha Dual Adventures and will cover freestyle swing (concrete floor). Mixed tape music will follow the swing dance performance. Light refreshments will be available.


3pm-4pm- Clogging- presentation and lesson, Hill Country Cloggers

4pm-5pm- Beginner Swing Dance lesson, Alpha Dual Adventures

5pm-6pm- Intermediate Swing Dance lesson, Alpha Dual Adventures

6pm- Swing Dance performance, Alpha Dual Adventures

6:15pm-8pm- Open dancing DJ music

Lessons are $6 for singles or $10 for couples. Sign up for two lessons and get the third for free! No charge for the open dance.

Pre-registration for lessons encouraged. Dance in the Park will take place at the Rabbit Run Pavilion. Swing dance lessons are geared towards adults, minimum age of 14 (no age minimum for clogging or the live music). No partner required. Call 518-279-1155 to register.

Young Peacemakers Week

Are you interested in contributing to a peaceful world? If the answer is yes, help your child (grades 2-8) learn about peace within their own self, their community, and the global stage. 

Young Peacemakers Week, held at the Friends Meetinghouse at 727 Madison Ave. in Albany, is set up to do exactly that during the week of August 22-26, 2022. The hours are 1:30-6:30, with a family meal shared from 5:30-6:30, accompanied by a family activity and singing. Peacemaking skills are learned in the context of typical summer day camp activities, including arts and crafts, music, non-competitive games, and nature-related fun. 

The cost is pay-as-you-can, and no child will be turned away for inability to pay. Young Peacemakers Week is a welcoming community, and is open to children of all abilities, ethnicities, religions, etc. For more information, call Nancy Mattice at 518-366-1854, or visit us online at

To Love A Child Announces 2nd Annual Nine And Dine Charity Golf Scramble
Seeks Golfers, Sponsors And In-Kind Donations

CLIFTON PARK – To Love A Child announces it’s Second Annual Nine and Dine Golf Scramble on Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course to benefit two special programs.  The Thyme to Thrive Educational Program in the Capital Region, which focuses on slowly transitioning individuals of all ages into a healthier lifestyle thru mini camps and workshops for kids and teens. The second program is Food Forests & Clean Water in Zimbabwe where we will be planting indigenous trees, vegetable gardens, and fruit bearing bushes to enhance the country’s health, food sources, and maintain the natural balance of life between animals, plants, fungi, and micro-organisms. 

Golfers are welcome to sign up for golf and non-golfers are encouraged to join us for dinner.

Advance registration is a must as limited spots are available. $85 per person includes 9 holes of golf with cart, prizes and a delicious dinner. Dinner only attendees are $45 per person with cocktails and dinner at 6:15 pm. 

Sponsor opportunities are available: Dinner Sponsor $500, $250 Cocktail Sponsor, Contest and Prize Sponsors, Golf favor bag in-kind donations are available. Wonderful opportunity to promote your business to local attendees and support children.

Visit for more detailed information on this fun filled event and for registration and sponsor forms. Send sponsor donations and golfer registration forms to PO Box 165, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Questions?
Call 518-859-4424 or email We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on the course.

North Greenbush Summer Concert Series

Our UPDATED Summer Concert Series is here and we are excited about some returning acts and looking forward to hearing some new musical groups. All concerts are held on Sundays starting at 6pm behind town hall in the gazebo at 2 Douglas Street in Wynantskill (weather permitting). Hope to see you there!

7/10 Southbound Renegade

7/17 The Refrigerators

7/24 Jet Screamer

7/31 The Donna Tritico Bank

8/7 Harmonic Duo

8/14 Kyle Bourgault Band

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